Legendary manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan passed away yesterday at the age of 72 at his home in Largo, Florida, a month and a half shy from his 73rd birthday. Heenan had been battling cancer since 2002.
The man who was given the nickname of “The Weasel” started his wrestling career in 1967, first as a wrestler and then transitioning to a manager. Prior to joining WWE, he worked for the World Wrestling Association and American Wrestling Association.
In 1984, Heenan joined the then World Wrestling Federation where he transformed himself as the best manager in the wrestling industry. During his time there, he managed the likes of Andre The Giant, Big John Studd, Ken Patera, Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy, The Brain Busters, Rick Rude, Harley Race, Mr Perfect, Hercules, Ric Flair, and others.
While also doing managerial duties, Heenan helped with commentary as well and his work with Gorilla Monsoon remains some of the best commentary in WWE.
After a decade with WWE, Heenan moved to WCW in 1994 where he joined the broadcast team for WCW Nitro. He stayed with WCW until November 2000.
After his release, he returned to WWE once in 2001 where he provided commentary during the WrestleMania X-Seven Gimmick Battle Royal match along with his former broadcast colleague Mean Gene Okerlund and in 2004 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Heenan also appeared a couple of times for TNA in 2005 and 2006.
Unfortunately for “The Brain,” he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002. In 2007, he underwent jaw reconstructive surgery that forever altered his life since he couldn’t speak. The surgery also severely altered his face, becoming almost unrecognizable. Things went downhill from there on as Heenan was hospitalized several times.